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Business Survey Paints Dim Picture Of Kansas, Regional Economies

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A survey of business officials in the middle of the country paints a dim outlook for the region’s economy. The survey by Creighton University shows a negative outlook for job growth and overall business conditions in Kansas and other mid-America states.

Creighton economics professor Ernie Goss says the numbers show manufacturing has taken a hit in the region, with more than 1 percent of manufacturing jobs lost in the last year.

“Now how does that compare to the U.S.? The U.S. is about half that. In other words, the U.S. and the region are both losing manufacturing jobs, the mid-America region is just losing them a lot faster,” Goss says.

Goss says the business survey indicates manufacturing job losses will likely continue in Kansas into next year.